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By Kiara Catanzaro, ’15
St. Bonaventure University’s Model United Nations (SBUMUN) club will host its annual Model United Nations High School Conference Friday evening March 21 and all day Saturday, March 22, in Plassmann Hall on campus.
The conference allows high school students to demonstrate their debate skills in a competition for several awards, according to Lauren Loftin, secretary general of SBUMUN.
There are seven committees that the students will participate in. Committees include: United Nations Security Council, Arab League, Disarmament and International Security Committee, International Labor Organization, World Health Organization, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and United Nations Development Program.
There are 13 high schools participating in the conference, including Coudersport Area School District, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Bradford Area School District, Seneca IU9 School District, Nardin Academy, Johnsonburg Area School District, Kane Area School District, Lancaster High School, Olean High School, Ridgway Area High School, Tapestry Charter School, Lake Shore School District and Northern Potter School District.
“St. Bonaventure students will be the facilitators of the committees where they will guide their delegates in negotiations, resolution writing and mediate discussions on pertinent issues related to international relations. The high school students are also competing for ‘excellent’ and ‘superior’ medals along with the highly coveted school awards,” Loftin said.
Sixteen St. Bonaventure students will help operate the conference, including Lauren Loftin (secretary general), Kathryn Moore (vice president), Douglas Smith (head delegate), Miguel Nesbitt (undersecretary of public relations), Rachel Mercredi, Meghan Rahill, Alyssa Scherer, Umar Asif, Mackenzie Grubbs, Benjamine Barnhart, Sabine Wakim, Sierra Nutt, Casey Hale, Eloina Dominguez, Caitlin Blue and Kayla Godoy.
St. Bonaventure students interested in getting involved in the Model United Nations club on campus are welcome at meetings every Tuesday at 4 p.m. on the third floor of Plassmann Hall. Students can also email Dr. Ibrahim Zabad, Model UN’s faculty adviser, at Izabad@sbu.edu or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Model United Nations can also be taken for three credits, but students must register within the first semester. Learn more at www.sbu.edu/ModelUN.
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